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any negative aspects to exposing art to the commercial world? We pride ourselves on running a business that operates with integrity and aims to work with commercial brands that respect our ethos of putting the artists first. When we have such a partnership - the results are amazing. We want to be aligning our creative community with progressive, inclusive and dynamic spaces. What is exciting is there's a real hunger by these onlookers to learn more about the artwork and the artist. As we have always put our artists first, they have a lot of faith in us acting in their best interest, and that is all we ever do. I also think it's exciting to look at it from the "commercial world" side of things. We are wanting to make art more accessible and change the way it is talked about and appreciated. Without having those conversations and putting artwork in these commercial places then it will be impossible to affect true change Do you feel art has gotten more political in recent years? Yes for sure! I think due to the geopolitical situation at the moment all play a part. For example, the #MeToo campaign probably impacted on the increased awareness of feminist art. This combined with social media means that everyday political actions and events are being captured by artists and inspiring artworks. This has always been the case but due to the volcanic nature of recent political events, it's certainly a very engaging time for artwork. I can safely say I have seen far more artworks depicting either Theresa May or Donald Trump than I did David Cameron or Obama. It's really important to document these social changes and we believe in offering a space to encourage dialogue. This is one of the reasons we are working the Nasty Women movement in the USA and across Europe to hold a feminist show on International Women's Day. Do you think new art has a revolutionary capacity? 100% and you just need to look at some great examples such as pussy riot and the sociopolitical roots of street art to name a few. For me, art is about pushing the boundaries and bringing things to the forefront that perhaps makes people uncomfortable at first but all change and progress requires this. We created Creative Debuts to take back control in favour of the artists and disrupt the art world. We have been able to do this by offering inclusive events that make art accessible to all and not just the rich. As I mentioned before, our next show Empowerment is a good example of how we are supporting a revolution in not such the art world but society today and that's just the start! Empowerment will be a preview of The Anti Art Fair that will take place on 4 - 7 October 2018 to coincide with Frieze Art Fair in London. The fair will be a celebration of creativity and the voice for change in the art world that puts the creators at centre stage. It will following on from Creative Debuts' support for equality, female empowerment, diversity and accessibility being a direct response to the sterilised, exclusive and money-driven art world. What changes do you hope to see in the art world or hope not to see? I want to see accessibility, inclusiveness and diversity and The Anti Art Fair will achieve this for us. There is some serious momentum at the moment and the tide is changing. Who are some of your favourite artists you've worked with in the past? There's a very very long list. We have the true honour of working with supremely talented artists every. With so many inspiring styles, spellbinding stories and mind-blowing potential it's truly impossible to mention just a few. However what I'm most excited about is celebrating artists from all over the world and it's about time the art world woke up to what is being created in places such as Nigeria, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Canada. What kind of future do you vision for Creative Debuts? The ongoing vision we have for Creative Debuts is for artists to get the credit and exposure they deserve. We are just scratching the surface on the ginormous community of undiscovered superstars just waiting for their opportunity to shine. And we are hell-bent on celebrating emerging artists through inclusive events and partnerships. Some of the ways I can see this happening are by Creative Debuts being able to offer international exhibition exchanges, creative scholarships, artist studios, and continuing to build on and increase our partnerships with progressive brands. We want to become the go-to platform to discover the stars of tomorrow and continue being a business that creates a creative global community that puts the artist first. What are some of the new artists to look out for in 2018? Head down to any of our events and you will see them in the flesh! I feel like a proud parent or sibling to all of them so picking favourites wouldn't be fair, would it? GUESTLIST 2018 / ISSUE 107 GUESTLIST

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